Two weeks ago a Texas middle-schooler was suspended and sentenced to 30 days of alternative school for sharing her inhaler with a fellow student who was having an asthma attack. Both girls have been charged with “sharing a controlled substance”, and both face this stiff “automatic” punishment. Both girls’ parents are concerned with alternative school because their daughter would be with those kids that have real drug and violence problems. Alternative school is legislatively mandated in Texas for kids who have been asked to leave the classroom for such reasons as drug use, violence toward teachers or students, sexual offenses. Here’s the whole scoop.
Then this week, another Texas middle-schooler was suspended for using a profanity and leaving the classroom. Important note: he left the classroom to carry a classmate to the nurse’s office. The classmate was suffering an asthma attack, and had passed out and had fallen out of her chair. The teacher was waiting on an email back from the nurse before acting on the situation. Story here.
“We ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.” – Suspended Student
Hello? Have we lost all ability to reason? If my kid falls out of her chair while having an obvious asthma attack, you’re telling me you will sit your ass down and wait for an email back from the nurse before sending her to get medical attention? Is that standard policy? Any word of whether this is standard protocol? Teacher discipline? Common sense police citation? Jeez, people, zero tolerance policies continue to make educational institutions silly and sometimes dangerous places.
..and more like sensitivity training, or indoctrination of some kind, but certainly not education. Maybe this will be a weekly feature.
High school teen in Florida suspended for disarming a fellow student. He did not follow the “do nothing, be a victim” program that your intellectual superiors would prefer.
A third-grader in Michigan had his birthday cupcakes with plastic army men on them taken away for being insensitive. HOW THE HELL DID THOSE CUPCAKES GET PAST SECURITY INTO A PUBLIC SCHOOL???
A second-grader in Maryland was suspended for two days for fashioning an obviously realistic-looking handgun out of a pop tart, and pretend shooting with his pretend gun. NEWS FLASH: little boys will make anything into a gun: plastic silverware, paper bags, dryer lint, crayons, pinecones, those little baby carrots I put in their lunches, etc.
New York City high school students require a lot of remedial help in order to function in community college. How many? Oh, just around 80% of them. The NYC Board of Education boasts a 40% increase in graduation rates over the last 7 years, and claims that the number needing remedial help has dropped around a half a point. NYC schools are budgeted for around $8 billion per year. You do the math.
Finally, there is a big snowstorm in the Boston area today, and many people are upset that the City of Boston did not cancel school. Thousands of children were absent today, but school officials have announced that children not in school today will be marked “constructively present”. I am sure they were home doing extra math problems, or science fair experiments or something equally “constructive”. No bonus if you actually showed up to school today.
BOSTON: Massachusetts legislators have banned chocolate milk from public schools in the Commonwealth beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, as part of its “Superior Parenting for You (SPY)” campaign that targets making better choices for your children, because parents are completely unqualified to do so. One of the stated goals of the SPY program is to “provide consistent, state-mandated guidance in as many areas as possible for the children of our Commonwealth”, and to “maximize the state’s positive influences as much as possible during the school day”. “We are giving parents a helping hand in this crazy, stressful world” boasts SPY Director Nina “Nanny” Rousseau. Critics claim that the ban of something innocuous like chocolate milk may cause public school children to seethe with anger when they find that their private school brethren can still swill down the calcium, vitamin, and protein-laden chocolately goodness, causing concerns about widening the gulf between the “haves and have-nots”. Massachusetts parents need not worry, though: public schools can still distribute condoms and birth control pills without your consent, and in some cases provide gynecological services without parental permission. Private schools can’t do THAT. These education professionals know what they are doing, so just stand back and let them work!